Sketchbook: Introducing Briarwood

Our After Dark Collection continues with a gorgeous new Arts and Crafts inspired design: Briarwood. We looked to the Victorian masters of textile & interior design for the inspiration behind our newest pattern – delicate tendrils weave across the width of this wrap as little floral motifs and small birds form a stunning mirrored wrap.

Briarwood Night Garden, part of the After Dark Collection

The Arts and Crafts movement, popular in the Late Victorian and Early Edwardian periods, developed in Britain before spreading across Europe & the rest of the world. Famed for its focus on the natural world and folklore – the themes of the Arts & Crafts movement seem to sit perfectly within our After Dark Collection.

A focus on hand production, quality materials and functionality, were at the heart of this movement. The artists believed that the function of the decorated object should first be perfected before turning to the design – a perfect source of inspiration, then, for our woven wraps!

Textile and wallpaper designer William Morris was an inspiration for Oscha designer, Evonne. Morris’ focus on the natural world, with twisting, turning vines and leaves interspersed with British wildlife formed the central concept for our fluid design.

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort – John Ruskin

Briarwood Night Garden

Featuring gorgeous intertwining vines which are scattered with little blossoms & sweet birds, Briarwood Night Garden is woven in a hybrid weave. Our navy warp forming the backdrop for shimmery golden hemp & bright emerald Britspun Supima cotton.

Strong and supportive this stunning wrap will need a little love to break in fully, before becoming super soft and mouldable.

The After Dark Collection continues over the next few weeks and into the new year so look out on Facebook for updates on new colourways & designs.

A/W 2017: The After Dark Collection

We take a stroll through a moonlit garden seeking inspiration for our newest Collection: After Dark. Bathed in an ethereal glow, the garden takes on a supernatural calm once the sun goes down. With rich, warm colours, a few pops of brilliant brightness and a focus on the natural world, this Collection promises to be gorgeously varied with designs & colours to suit all tastes.

The After Dark Collection

The After Dark Collection will be with us from late October 2017 all the way through to early January 2018. Running through two distinct seasons this Collection takes its cues from autumnal warmth as well as the comforting chill of deep winter. Harnessing warm oranges, rich navy, cool purple and strong greens, the After Dark Collection is wonderfully diverse in its hues while maintaining the essential warmth we all crave at the changing of the seasons.

Starry Night Echo Baby Wrap

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Mithril Collection: Britspun Suvin Gold Cotton

The Mithril Collection is a collection of limited and luxurious wraps featuring our Middle Earth designs. Just as the Boutique Collection runs alongside our main range, Mithril offers Middle Earth fans unique blend choices in specially woven colourways.

Galadriel Namarie Baby Wrap

Woven on a gorgeous dusty fade of warm blues these wraps are effortlessly timeless, bringing a stunning sophistication to the Mithril Collection. This fade is exclusive to our Mithril Collection and will be found on all six of our upcoming releases.

Legend of Frodo Vale Baby Wrap

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10 Reasons to Carry Your Baby in a Sling

1: Enjoy Special Moments Together

When you and your child are wrapped in a woven sling there is a wonderful closeness, allowing you both to share special moments together.

2: Reduces Colic & Reflux Symptoms

The upright position in the sling can help colicky babies and those with reflux.

The time spent sitting upright in a sling also has the same effect on a baby’s muscles as ‘tummy time’. This helps them to develop their core strength which is essential for their physical development, from holding their heads up to crawling and walking.

 

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Using The Plaid: A Traditional Scottish Carry

We’re pleased to be part of a rich heritage of carrying in Scotland and whilst researching the Plaid carry we have been reminded of the importance of passing on the tradition of carrying to our family and friends.

We loved how the majority of the people we spoke with were familiar with the Plaid, and could recall seeing it being done often, but interestingly few could remember how to do it themselves!

Those few that did know, not only remembered but had carried their children, their grandchildren and even their great-grandchildren in it.

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Maternity Worldwide: Providing Safe Childbirth For All

Over the last few years, we have enjoyed running several fundraisers for Maternity Worldwide, a charity close to our hearts, which works to save lives in low-income countries by training local midwives and medical staff. They help to empower women to become decision-makers about their own health and provide maternal healthcare to rural and remote communities. Each time we run a fundraiser, we’re overwhelmed with generosity from our wonderful customers!

This International Babywearing Week we will be supporting this wonderful charity again. With that in mind, we wanted to take a look at all the amazing things our customers have contributed to over the years.

Maternity Worldwide’s vision is:

A world in which all women and their babies can access safe and appropriate childbirth regardless of where they live.

Every day 800 women die during childbirth or pregnancy, 99% of these mothers live in low-income countries. Maternity Worldwide works in Malawi and Uganda promoting healthy childbirth through their support of maternal health services & community health promotion, while also developing local Emergency Obstetric Care centres and women’s groups.

We talked to Maternity Worldwide about their amazing work and they very kindly sent over some inspirational stories from the people they have worked with in Uganda.

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Choosing A Sling For Your New Baby

Newborns are precious and delicate, needing extra care and support. They need help to keep their head up, their airways open and their body supported – and woven wraps and ring slings are ideal for this.

Roses Beaujolais Baby Wrap

Woven wraps are suitable from birth, and are the recommended carrying method for babies who are born prematurely, or who have additional needs such as low muscle tone.

By being able to adjust each millimetre of fabric, to mould around you and your baby, you can ensure they’re safe, comfortable and secure in their natural newborn position, and you can experience all the benefits of that closeness while being hand’s free too.

Our Cairis is also suitable from birth. If you’d prefer something with a little more structure and less tying, it would be the perfect choice for you.

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Blend Review: Cottolin & Wild Silk

Our cottolin and wild silk blend is well loved by our customers! Perfect from newborn to toddler, this is a versatile blend which is a great option for those new to wrapping. Easy to tighten with a good amount of grip & glide this soft blend is a natural all-rounder.

Roses Paradise Baby Wrap: 38% organic combed cotton, 16% organic linen, 23% wild silk, 23% cotton, 230gsm.

Soft and strong organic combed cotton is mixed with a hint of linen in the warp, this adds a delicate strength while maintaining the malleability and drape of the cotton. Wild silk is naturally breathable and strong with little bulk. The gorgeous mouldability of this blend allows pass to glide and knot easily, with a good grip meaning it stays in place with little sag even when carrying bigger kids.

Read on for reviews from Oscha customers who have tried this blend. Please bear in mind that wrapping qualities can be a very personal experience!

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Top Tips for Ultimate Cairis Comfort

The Cairis is such a wonderfully versatile carrier. Quick and easy to use with wide wrap straps that give comfort like wrapping. Here are some tips to help you get the maximum comfort from the innovative design.
The Waistband

Ensure the padded tongue is sitting under the webbing; the Strata Linea waistband was specifically designed for this, to provide extra comfort and to prevent the webbing from digging in.

Rei End of the Pier Cairis featuring our Strata-linea® waistband

The Cross

A common concern is that the straps of crossed strapped carriers may ride up towards the neck yet a simple change in technique assures this isn’t the case.

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Slow Yoga Flow

Take a moment with your little one, find peace, unwind and bond with our Yoga flow. This sequence has been specially tailored by new mum & yoga instructor Emma Isokivi, together with Heather Burns Yoga to create a slow yoga flow made especially with parents & new mothers in mind.

Maria practicing with her little one in our Rei Motif baby wrap

Yoga can be a great way to relax and gently exercise while bonding with your little one. We spoke to our model & photographer Maria and yoga instructor Emma about their experiences of practicing with their little ones.

Maria says:

“When you become a mother, the world seems to spin faster and sometimes everything seems to be too much and somehow blurry. Yoga can help to slow down again, to breathe, to keep your thoughts together in this crazy circus, called life.”

Emma says:

“My yoga practice now all about supporting my family; my little one, myself and husband. Sometimes he crawls around between my legs, and when he was much smaller he often was in my arms or in a sling during most of my day- whether it be on my mat or walking around. It’s a special time to be connected to your child, wrapped in with you. And a yoga practice is so much more than just postures- it’s a whole life philosophy.”

 

Emma & Oliver wear our SekaiLove Ness Cairis.

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